Jan Brueghel the Younger - The Virgin on the Crescent in a Garland of Flowers and Fruit
Jan Brueghel the Younger
The Virgin on the Crescent in a Garland of Flowers and Fruit
Oil on canvas (relined). 52.5 x 38.5 cm.
Until the 1630s, Jan Brueghel the Younger´s flower paintings were heavily influenced by those of his father. It was only after this period that his works gained an independent quality as he distanced himself from the style of his tutor. Although the subject of this sumptuous and vividly coloured arrangement of flowers and fruit may be indebted to the tradition of Jan Brueghel the Elder, its composition and painterly style are entirely that of the in the process of distancing himself from his father's oeuvre. This work, which Klaus Ertz dates to the 1630s, was made at this crucial time.
We know from Jan the Younger's diary that he employed workshop assistants in the 1630s to the 1650s who were solely responsible for painting the figures in his landscapes and floral arrangements. As he only kept the diary sporadically in the latter years, not all of these employees are known by name. In his expertise, Klaus Ertz notes the similarity of the figures in this work to those painted by the Francken family, who also lived and worked in Antwerp, of which some members are recorded as having collaborated with Jan Brueghel the Elder and the Younger.
Dr. Klaus Ertz, Lingen, 13.08.2012.
Spanish private collection.